Nintendo Confirms Star Fox for Wii U

Star Fox

Do a barrel roll, because Nintendo saved one of their biggest E3 announcements for last.

Today during the Nintendo Treehouse Live at E3 show, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed that a new Star Fox game is in the works for the Wii U. No footage of the game was unveiled, but according to a recent interview with Time magazine, players will use the GamePad’s motion controls to aim and shoot. Like the other Star Fox space combat games, you’ll be able to morph your Arwing into a land-based tank, and there’s an all-new vehicle mode that also allows you to turn your craft into a helicopter.

The new Star Fox game will take flight on the Wii U next year. This will be the first original game in the iconic series since Star Fox Command was released on the DS back in 2006, although a remake of Star Fox 64 was released on the 3DS in 2012.

Nintendo hinted that a Star Fox announcement would be coming during their E3 media event earlier today.

Shigeru Miyamoto announced that he’s overseeing two other new games. The first has the working title Project Giant Robot, and as the name implies, players will take the role of giant robots with the goal of knocking each other down. Think of it as Sumo wrestling, but with giant robots.

The second new game from Miyamoto is called Project Guard. It’s kind of like a tower defence game where players defend a base from invading robots by setting up different laser-firing security cameras in strategic locations. The concept for the game was actually developed during the Nintendo 64 days, but Nintendo says they couldn’t get it to work until now thanks to the hardware of the Wii U.